Submitted by aabolina on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 13:38
There is nothing ordinary about Josu Feijoo, a 47-year-old mountaineer from Vitoria, in the Basque Country – except perhaps that like millions of people around the world he has type 1 diabetes. He lives by his own maxim: the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. A glance at his curriculum tells us that Josu has had more than a few dreams, and he has believed in them enough to transform them into reality.
Submitted by aabolina on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:11
In Pakistan, between 4% and 10% of people with diabetes develop a foot ulcer, and more than 10% of those ulcers lead to an amputation. The ‘diabetic foot’ is saddling Pakistan’s already resource-constrained economy with a tremendous and growing cost burden. Significant achievements have been made in preventing diabetes-related foot ulcers and improving foot care throughout the country, including the implementation of a highly effective ‘Step by Step’ programme. Under the auspices of that programme, training is provided for physicians, diabetes educators and foot care assistants.
Submitted by aabolina on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 14:14
At the International Diabetes Federation, we consider ourselves the ‘global voice’ of diabetes - we have done for more than 60 years. We have become an influential advocate for people affected by diabetes, convincing the world’s leaders of the urgent need for concerted action to turn the tables on the world’s chronic disease pandemic.(1,2) Yet our reasons for existing are as they were upon IDF’s inception in 1950. We are driven by the needs of our constituents: people with diabetes.
Submitted by valerie.eijrond on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:48
In his own words, Jason Turner learned the hard way that he was not indestructible. Born in edmonton, he lived a fairly typical Canadian middle-class life – a father working outside the home and a mother working inside, a brother and a sister. As happens in so many families, his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 11 years of age sent shockwaves through that carefree existence that would continue throughout his life. And as happens to so many people with diabetes, the complexities of managing his condition through adolescence and into adulthood for long periods got the better of him.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 15:33
Of the many medical innovations seen in the 20th century, few were so pivotal as the discovery of insulin for the treatment for diabetes. A newly published book, Breakthrough, tells the story of a young girl who should have died as a child but survived to see seven grandchildren, and the drug that, for millions worldwide, has turned a death sentence into something more like a chronic irritation. A portion of the book’s proceeds is going to IDF ’s Life for a Child Programme.The authors tell us more.
Submitted by Lorenzo.Piemonte on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 15:30
Many people are shocked when I say that my diabetes is a gift – or that I would not take a cure if it were offered to me. But that is the truth. Diabetes is my life; I would not trade it for the world. Because of diabetes, I am healthier today than I would have been without the disease.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 03/09/2011 - 14:39
Like many of its fellows, the Dutch Diabetes Association (DDA) is faced with a growing number of people with diabetes — currently nearly 1 million out of a total population of 16 million people. About 58,000 of these people with diabetes are members of the DDA . In order to support members’ diabetes management, and attract new members, the DDA has developed several Internet-based applications to reach out directly to increasing numbers of people.
Submitted by admin on Wed, 11/03/2010 - 17:40
The International Diabetes Federation European Region (IDF Europe) represents 62 member organizations, which operate in 45 countries, each with a different culture, healthcare system, economic level and political commitment to support diabetes. Developing common positions and supporting certain policy changes at the European level requires thorough knowledge and understanding of each member’s particular circumstances.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/05/2010 - 16:05
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has led the global diabetes community for 60 years. Founded in Amsterdam, Holland, on 23 September 1950, IDF spent some years in London, UK, before setting up headquarters at its current location in Brussels, Belgium. It has developed into an umbrella organization of around 200 national diabetes associations, representing the interests of the increasing number of people with diabetes and those at risk.
Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/05/2010 - 15:57
In sub-Saharan Africa, infectious diseases still cause the majority (69%) of deaths; chronic non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancers, contribute around 25%. But this picture is changing as sub-Saharan Africa undergoes an epidemiological transition with a rapidly increasing chronic non-communicable disease burden.